Park Acoustics – June Review, July Giveaway

Written by Janus de Villiers (@hallojanus)

Photos by Christelle Duvenage Photography (@StellaTeleur)


Four months ago I decided to grab life by its horns, pack my bags and go seek adventure (and big paychecks) in Zhuji, a city near the capital of the Zhejiang Province, in the People’s Republic of China.

For three whole months I taught Chinese children grammar, tried to improve their vocabulary as well as survive in a country without YouTube, personal hygiene and Western cutlery.

So what did I miss most while I was earning Chinese Yuan and eating noodles in the overseas? Biltong? English-speaking work colleagues? Well, yes, but above all: Black Label, local music and Park Acoustics.

Needless to say when I booked my flight tickets to come visit South Africa for a few weeks, I made sure to book my seats for Park Acoustic as well.

On the 30th of June my friends and I made our way to the Voortrekker Monument for a day of music, South African liquor and great company. And we were not disappointed.

Having arrived later than planned we unfortunately missed the first act – Afrikaans folk-grunge muso’s Die Skynmaagde. (Trustworthy sources, who managed to get out of bed early enough to watch them play, claim they were fantastic.) Hungry for South African talent and music I sat my ass down, opened my beer and got ready to be entertained by the second band of the day, Late Night Fox.


Die Skynmaagde - photo by Christelle Duvenage

Die Skynmaagde – photo by Christelle Duvenage


Playing groovy songs you’d like take your girl to bed to, Late Night Fox comfortably made their way through their set that drew some mixed reactions from the crowd. Some of my friends didn’t like the four-piece’s disjointed and unpolished sound, but I found myself being wowed by their dirty and wild chemistry.

Consisting of guitar, drums, keys and vocals, Late Night Fox was infectious and dangerous and in my opinion brilliantly entertaining.

Late Night Fox - photo by Christelle Duvenage

Late Night Fox – photo by Christelle Duvenage


Whether people were listening to try and figure out and make sense of their spooky-boogy sound – or staring because they couldn’t keep your eyes of lead singer Dani; Park Acoustics was buzzing with excitement by the end of Late Night Fox’s performance.

Next on the line-up, The Brother Moves On opened their show with a short but powerful statement: “We’re about to be that song you can’t stop listening to”. And they were.

An interesting group that successfully mixes a bunch of genres and styles into one colorful musical cast-iron potjie, The Brother Moves On is internationally acclaimed – and deserves to be.

It only took a few opening notes for the band to get festival goers up on their feet, shuffling along to their catchy and powerful African beats. Their colorful costumes and unconventional melodies might have raised a few eyebrows – but in general the band’s sound was well received by the Park Acoustics crowd and The Brother Moves On finished their set to a loud (and somewhat drunken) standing ovation.


The Brother Moves On - photo by Christelle Duvenage

The Brother Moves On – photo by Christelle Duvenage


Next up: The Black Cat Bones, a band that always rocks and always delivers. As drunk as they are talented; Andre, Kobus, Chris and Jason truly are modern-day storytellers that knows how to work and please an audience.

Don’t get me wrong: I love the Black Cat Bones and I love their don’t-care image, appreciate their humble attitude and enjoy their country-inspired blues rock’n’roll sound – but during their set at Park Acoustics I found myself wishing the guys added some zing since the last (pre-China adventure) time I saw them perform. Is it weird that I know their set list by heart, know what they’re going to wear even before they’ve entered the venue and can lip-sync Kobus’ drunken ramblings in-between songs? Probably. Maybe because I’ve already seen them play so many times. Either way. I wouldn’t mind some pepping up of their set list before the next time I pay to see them.


The Black Cat Bones - photo by Christelle Duvenage

The Black Cat Bones – photo by Christelle Duvenage


Considered by some as one of the best lyricists in South African music, the legend Koos Kombuis headlined the day’s festivities and managed to (once again) not disappoint.

A true icon of the non-conformist Afrikaans culture, Kombuis’ songs were warmly welcomed by the mostly Afrikaans Park Acoustics crowd. Red wine was in abundance and voices filled Fort Schanskop as Kombuis sang some of his most famous songs, cleverly adjusting and adding some lyrics to fit the hipster crowd and drunken atmosphere.


Koos Kombuis - photo by Christelle Duvenage

Koos Kombuis – photo by Christelle Duvenage


Another beautiful day spent drinking with my friends in the majestic Fort Schanskop – Park Acoustics was well worth attending. And well worth the 19hours cramped in a Middle Eastern airline’s Boeing I had to endure to get there. And guess what? China can wait until after July 28th. Come hell or high water, I’ll make damn sure to see you at the next Park Acoustics.


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We are giving away two sets of double tickets to this months Park Acoustics!If you want to come have fun with us, accompanied by some amazing live music, comment on this post with who you are most excited to see live.
Winners will be announced via Facebook and Twitter on Monday 22 July,
and contacted via emial.


  1. Monique Brits

    July 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    love it Christellie!!

  2. Zandre

    July 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I would give my left ball(if I had one hehe) to see Dear Reader!!! Pls make my day and I swear I will send you a beeeeeeg interwebs hug!

  3. Daniel Raubenheimer

    July 15, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Dear Reader!

  4. Gessica vd Walt

    July 15, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Hiiiii 🙂
    I would have to say from the lineup I would be most excited to see Dear Reader live 🙂 I saw them when they were Harris Tweed on KTV haha (yes I know that sounds lame) and have been a fan ever since.
    But to be honest I’d be more excited to meet you Janus as I follow you on twitter and have probably retweeted more of your tweets than anyone else.

  5. Bianca van Aardt

    July 16, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Totally want to go to Park Acoustics for three reasons – It’ll be my first, I want to party with @hallojanus and I really really want to see Dear Reader live!!! Loving the new album.

  6. Wilson Buthelezi

    July 19, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I want to see what the big hype is about Asleep In Transit, they have been building a good name for themselves lately.
    Dear Reader speaks for themselves, too awesome!

  7. Leona Fourie

    July 19, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Dear Reader! Dear Reader!

  8. Kelly

    July 19, 2013 at 8:20 am


  9. Jessica

    July 19, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I would give my left breast (which, I swear, is bigger than the right one) to see BEATENBERG! Plus its my 21st birthday on the 27th, wouldn’t that be a great place to deal with an epic hangover?;) PRETTY PLEASE?:D

  10. Tobie Hanekom

    July 19, 2013 at 8:53 am


    No one in the South African music industry contributes more to the relaxed social vibe in association to Park acoustics than Naas veld. Ive been waiting for this for so long- just thinking of Naas veld,decent wine and park acoustics sends shivers through your spine! WHAT AN EVENT THIS WILL BE!

    Please make my vision come true!!

  11. Adele

    July 19, 2013 at 9:41 pm


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